Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(Lifegate clients are seen by appointment only. Call 251.380.0583 on Monday or Wednesday between the hours of 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. for an appointment. No walk-in clients will be seen.)

The Lifegate Ministry's purpose is to aid church members and non-members in crisis situations; helping with utilities (with priority on elderly and/or disabled) and food. Lifegate is open Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. For more information call 251.380.0583 (this is a recorded message). No reservations are accepted. Contributions are always welcome! Donations can be mailed to the church or placed in an offering plate on Sunday morning. Make checks payable to CUMC, and please designate "Lifegate" on the FOR line.

Lifegate began as a vision in 1989. Reverend Jeff Spiller, our Founding Pastor, asked the congregation if they were interested in setting up a ministry to help the needy in our community. Receiving a positive response, a task force consisting of five people was formed. They traveled to Montgomery to observe a ministry like this, already in place and functioning at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. That visit prompted another, this time to a local church, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, where the group attended a workshop to learn how Dauphin Way ministers to the needy through Society of St. Stephens. At that point a committee was put in place consisting of Joy Macklem and Bob McBroom. They made decisions on how and what this ministry should do and what its goals should be. By 1990 the ministry had begun, with a few volunteers working from the educational building. Since then it has grown tremendously to include a slate of officers and approximately 35 volunteers.


Below is a suggested shopping list that will help keep the Lifegate Ministry Food Pantry stocked. Any or all items will be greatly appreciated! One bag with each of these items will help feed a family of four for approximately 3 - 4 days.

Our next 5th Sunday Food Drive is SEPTEMBER 29.

  • 16 oz. bag of spaghetti

  • 16 oz. bag of egg noodles

  • 26 oz. canned spaghetti sauce

  • 15 oz. canned corn

  • 15 oz. canned green beans

  • 15 oz. canned vegetable (any other)

  • 16 oz. box of crackers

  • 10 oz. canned soup

  • Two 6 oz. canned meat or tuna

  • 1 box of cereal or oatmeal - reg. Size

  • 16 oz. bag of rice

  • 16 oz. bag of dry beans

  • 7 oz. box of macaroni and cheese

  • 1 small jar of peanut butter

  • 1 small jar of jelly

  • 1 canned fruit - any size